Faith's Confession

Just what do we mean by "faith's confession"? Romans 10: 9 tell us "if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."

Mouth Confession

We are always saying something. Our speaking has much to do with our way of life. We can either pull down or destroy with our speaking or we can build up and establish. Words are powerful things, for words are spirit and life. Our words go on into eternity they never die. Our speaking certainly makes something happen. This is a very valuable truth.

Confession for Possession

We must confess to possess. This principle does not stop at salvation. The same principle continues in our daily life. It is a principle of life eternal that we find here in Romans 10. We have to confess before we can possess. However if we stop here we would soon become like a lot of parrots making statements by habit. This would be just sense-knowledge speaking. We are speaking of God's Word and what the Bible says is revelation-knowledge.
The Bible tells us something else in this same verse which is just as important as our confession. In fact it balances the truth of confession, preventing us from over-emphasising one aspect.

Heart Confession

It goes on to say: . . . “and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." And "with the heart man believeth unto righteousness" (Rom. 10: 9-10).
Our heart must say what our mouth says. Our hearts are saying something all the time. They are either saying, "I don't believe" or "I do believe." Israel failed to enter into God's blessing because their hearts were saying, "I don't believe." We are told to have believing hearts. Our hearts have to say what our mouth is saying before we will see results. This is getting down to the root of the message but if it should stop here it would still be incomplete. Some people get the idea that as long as we have positive believing and positive confessing this is enough. No doubt this is helpful and has helped many, but this is not what the Bible is speaking about.

Faith Confession

"But what saith it'? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith which we preach." . . . “and believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved" (Romans 10: 8-9). What does God's Word say? That is what counts. This is the foundation of our believing and confessing:

How would I know these truths except they were told me by the Word (Romans 10: 14)? So I believe in my heart these written facts then I confess these truths from the Word. It is not a matter of just any positive believing and confessing nor just what we think that counts, but it is a matter of believing God's promises and confessing them. This is faith's confession.

I remember the time God showed us to go to a certain place by a certain time. We only had a few cents left. So we packed our bags ready to go then we looked at each other and I said, "Well, what do we do now? We have moved in faith." We had acted positively. We had even said, "We will get there today." So there was a good confession. We believed it in our hearts. That was fine, except that God wasn't obligated to perform a miracle just because we believed we were going, or because we confessed we were. We needed a miracle and this wasn't good enough for a miracle.

Then the golden key slipped into the lock and the door opened. A scripture, one of God's promises, came knocking. "My God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory" (Phil' 2: 19). There it was! Now what'?

Well, we caught the train into Central Railway Station ready to step aboard the train to take us to our destination. We were acting upon God's Word. We believed Philippians 2: 19. It was in our hearts. We confessed it to each other. The word was nigh us even in our mouths and in our hearts that is the word of faith which we preach (Romans 10: 8). As we stood on Sydney Railway Station we met a young man from the country whom we hadn't seen for quite some time. It was most unlikely to meet this young man on Sydney Central Station, or anyone we knew for that matter. He asked us to have lunch with him while we were waiting for our train. We were careful not to let him know what was going on and so we acted as if we had the fares in our hands (we are told we walk by faith not by sight 2 Cor. 5: 7).
Later, this young man turned to go. As he was half-way across the Station he stopped, turned around and came back. He said that God had just told him to give us an amount of money, it was just the amount needed for our fares. Then we told him the story and he was thrilled that God had used him.

This miracle was not wrought by a presumptuous action, or by a positive confession alone or by a positive attitude alone. It was wrought by God's promise in our hearts coupled with a positive attitude and a positive confession all working together.
Hebrews 4: 12 tells us, "For the word of God is quick and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword ..." Also we read in Col. 3: 16, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom."

Confession and heart attitude founded upon God's Word works miracles. This is faith's confession: faith's confession worked miracles in Peter's time and in Paul's time, and it does in our time right now! Faith's confession forms the foundation for walking in the Spirit. Our inward man finds release to express himself upon what God "hath said." It was so in the beginning until what the devil said was heeded. Then Adam and Eve lost the release and expression of the inward man. Our senses, when heeded to entirely bind up our inward man and affect our conduct and actions, causing us to walk in the works of the flesh (Romans 7: 22). God's Word, when heeded releases our inward man and affects our conduct and actions, causing us to walk in love, rest and peace.

Faith's confession is the language of the inward man, ruling our senses and our circumstances by God's Word.

Helen Beard

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